Chapter 14. Psychopharmacology

  1. Peter G. Miller3,
  2. John Strang4,5 and
  3. Peter M. Miller6
  1. Jason White1 and
  2. Nick Lintzeris2

Published Online: 16 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch14

Addiction Research Methods

Addiction Research Methods

How to Cite

White, J. and Lintzeris, N. (2010) Psychopharmacology, in Addiction Research Methods (eds P. G. Miller, J. Strang and P. M. Miller), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    National Addiction Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

  3. 5

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  4. 6

    Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Medical University & South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Addiction Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176637

Online ISBN: 9781444318852



  • biological methods;
  • psychopharmacology;
  • psychopharmacology - drugs, behaviour, physiology and the brain;
  • drug concentration and neurotransmitter changes;
  • polarity, degree of a charge in drug molecule;
  • Dopamine and serotonin - two of the key neurotransmitters in brain;
  • measuring drug effects;
  • Addiction Research Center Inventory (ARCI) questions;
  • psychopharmacology, research methodologies investigating effects of drugs affecting brain


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Psychopharmacology: drugs, behaviour, physiology and the brain

  • Measuring drug effects

  • Human drug self-administration

  • Drug withdrawal and craving

  • Summary

  • References

  • Recommended readings